It is not only the Wakefield Wildcats first team that face a crucial game tomorrow but Glenn Morrison’s Under 20’s are in action at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium at 12:30pm in a derby day play-off against Castleford, billed as a curtain raiser to the trip to Leigh.
Trinity go into the must win clash having won six of their last seven league games that resulted in a fifth place finish whereas the Tigers finished in eight position, 12 points behind their local rivals.
Morrison’s men will be boosted by the inclusion of Isaac John who will no doubt cause the visitors problems with his expertise.
The Under 20’s mirrors the Super League play-off structure and Trinity will have to win every week if they are to make the Grand Final starting with Castleford tomorrow. The Australian coach says his team are full of confidence.
“I think all of the players are excited,” said Morrison.
“We’ve had a real good season because we’ve beaten everybody but Warrington who we only lost to by two points. We are confident going into the finals that we can do very well.
“We know a lot about Cas, we have played them a few times this year and obviously with it being a local derby they’re going to be up for it so it’s going to be a big one. Hopefully we can get through that first round and then get some confidence moving through the finals and you never know how far you can go.”
There has been a wide range of players from first team to Under 18’s that have helped out throughout the season in qualifying the Wildcats for the play-offs and Morrison wants to continue their impressive form.
“Last week we actually had a few of the 18’s that were called up last minute because we a little bit down on numbers. We’ve got a couple of boys back for the finals including Isaac which is a bonus. Everybody that has played has played strong and we’ve had some good wins and we want to continue that on as long as we can.”
With the 20’s kicking off at 12:30pm the club are urging supporters to head to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to watch the academy derby day play-off with Castleford before setting off to Leigh Sports Village to watch the first team take on Salford, Morrison says they need as much support as possible.
“Two massive games, the 20’s is a big game and hopefully we can get a win there and get on the bus and depending on how the results go before our game it is up to the first team to try and make the finals so yeah, it will be a big mentally draining day.
“I think the 20’s deserve extra support, the boys have played really well and have played with their heart and soul in every game and we’ve had some good fans come down but if we can get more than that would be even better. It would be nice to give them something to cheer about then they can get on the bus in good spirits and travel to watch the first team because we definitely need as much support as we can in both games.”
Tomorrow afternoon will give supporters a great chance to see the future stars at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium including Players’ Player of the Year and the 2012 Man of Steel winner Tom Lillycrop and Coaches Player of the Year Ryan Wright. These players have came through the clubs well established youth development programme which is largely funded by Club 1873, the clubs lottery scheme.
For just £2 a week you will be entered into a weekly draw to win a guaranteed £250 if the draw successfully matches your four numbers. If you match three numbers then you will also be a winner with £20 but there are many more chances to win throughout the year. Daily prizes are awarded such as £25 voucher at Frankie and Benny’s and Club 1873 gives away a massive jackpot of £2,000 twice a year to reward the loyal members.
Gold Members are entered free of charge to the play-off encounter with Castleford while non-members will be charged at £3 for adults and £1 child / concessions.
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